I don't know what the most common chemicals that are used on tobacco, but a way to
speed up the break down of anything in your soil is to encourage the biodiversity
and population numbers of the soil life. You can do this by:
-Aerating the soil- tillage
-Adding organic matter- finished compost or growing grass green manure crops
-Managing the soil moisture- irrigation.
Soil becomes sterile when loaded with the chemicals used in non eco-agriculture.
You need to encourage the aerobic soil life by providing them with what they need-
air, water and food. The bloom of life in the soil will process the chemicals. How
long will it take? No one knows. Organic certification is granted 3 years after
the chemicals are no longer used (by most certifying agencies).
You will begin to build soil quality through these practices, as well as
encouraging the breakdown of toxic chemicals.
> I hope to have my farm in central Kentucky certified organic.
> I don't have details on previous owners pestide use, schedules, amounts
> applied etc.
> Can some one far more familiar with typical tobacco pesticides etc. give me an
> idea of the most commonly used or recommended ones, and an estimate of how
> long it takes to break down in the field.
> are there any crops, shrubs etc. that can be used to speed up this breah down,
> and more quickly remediate such land for organically certified production?
> Thanks so much. frank
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